John Coughlan

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John practises exclusively in clinical negligence and serious personal injury cases, acting for Claimants and Defendants.
John has over the course of his practice acquired significant experience ranging from the straightforward road traffic accident, highways trips, civil fraud and accidents at work, to high value and complicated claims involving head and spinal injuries, group litigation and occupational disease. His clinical negligence experience renders him particularly adept in addressing issues of causation and cases involving multiple tortfeasors. Across the years, John has also acquired extensive experience of appearing before Coroners and in Criminal Injuries Compensation hearings.
John’s personal injury practice is now focused on high value fatal accidents and catastrophic injury cases, principally relating to brain and spinal injury, but including serious orthopaedic injury (including amputation), severe burns, sensory loss and psychiatric injury. John is also heavily instructed in Fatal Accidents Act claims.
Predominantly acting alone, he is regularly against silks at JSM, in interim hearings and at Trial.
Many of his cases involve multiple Defendants, and he is skilled at exploring and distilling complex issues of causation and quantum. Many of his cases involve consideration of periodical payments, accommodation issues and statutory funding.
John is often instructed in cases where serious personal injury has been followed and worsened by medical mishap.
John is particularly adept handling expert witnesses in conference and at Trial and enjoys working closely with the solicitor client on difficult cases. He is regularly commended for his client care skills.
John is consistently recommended in the directories and has in recent years achieved Top Ranked status from Chambers UK Bar and Leading Individual Tier 1 status from Legal 500.
Recommendations
“He is incredibly calm under pressure and tactically astute. An absolute joy to work with – one of the Bar’s best kept secrets and as good as any junior in London. He stands out for his attention to detail, willingness to be proactive and practical as well as his sympathetic manner with clients”
Chambers UK 2019
“A standout performer”
Legal 500 2019
“Very good with clients, and on technical issues he is second to none. He is efficient and measured with a calm exterior whilst being a shrewd and skilled advocate. He tells it like it is, and his advice is brilliant”
Chambers UK 2018
“A methodical lawyer with a tenacious approach”
Legal 500 2017
“No-one can beat him when it comes to detail. Exceptionally sharp but also has a way of making clients feel utterly at ease. He is a fantastic litigator, always prepared and incredibly pragmatic with real tactical nous. John is a very astute practitioner. He is a really good negotiator.”
Chambers UK 2017
“A fantastic barrister, who achieves exceptional results”
Legal 500 2016
Notable Cases
Re DM (December 2018)
Acting for Claimant in a Fatal Accidents Act claim arising from a tragic road traffic accident in which mother and daughter killed. Claim settled at JSM for 280,000
KH v Dudley Group of Hospitals NHSFT (August 2018)
Acting for the Defendant in achieving a nuisance value settlement in a claim pleaded to 2m. Issues of surgical negligence interwoven with allegations of historic sexual abuse
SJ v New Street Autos (March 2018)
Acting for Claimant who suffered severe burns injuries at work. Liability and employment issue disputed, but resolved at JSM for 250,000
JM v (1) Utopia Bathrooms (2) University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (3) GA (4) Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust (February 2018)
Acting for two Defendant Trusts in a mixed personal injury and clinical negligence claim, concluded at mediation for gross damages of 950,000
Re IM (May 2015)
Acting for the Claimant in a personal injury claim arising from brain injury acquired in a road traffic accident. Contributory negligence in play, and the Claimant’s capacity fluctuated. Settlement achieved at JSM for damages of 750,000 plus index-linked PPOs for care
MG v BH and others (March 2014)
Acting for the Claimant in a case where one effect of the accident was to prolong the protected party Claimant’s life expectation. Settled at JSM for damages of 1m gross of contributory negligence
Re VC (2011)
Acting for the Claimant with Leading Counsel. The Claimant was caused catastrophic injuries in a road traffic accident caused by her aunt. There were significant issues of contributory negligence (seatbelt and alcohol) and a vast array of medical and other expert evidence. Settled at JSM for damages of 2.675m
Re PD (2010)
Acting for the Claimant with Leading Counsel. Complex claim in which a promising IT consultant was assaulted both inside and outside a public house, knocked unconscious into the road and then run over, causing severe head and bodily injuries. Issues of liability, foreseeability, contributory negligence and causation. Settled at JSM for damages of 1.4m
Carver v BAA [2008] EWCA Civ 412
Appearing below and in the Court of Appeal in controversial case relating to Part 36 Offers
Powertrain Group Litigation (2008-10) with Leading Counsel
Group litigation on behalf of former employees of Powertrain at the Longbridge car plant, Birmingham who claimed damages for respiratory disease caused by exposure to contaminated coolant oil
Collins v Tesco [2008] EWCA Civ 1308
Court of Appeal guidance in relation to the approach to knowledge under Limitation Act 1980 s.14
Appointments
Director and Member of Chambers Management Committee, No5 Barristers’ Chambers
Director of Recruitment, No5 Barristers’ Chambers
Advocacy Trainer, Midland Circuit
Memberships
Midland Circuit
Personal Injuries Bar Association
AvMA
Qualifications
BCL (Oxon) 1998
LLB (Hons) (Bris) 1997